Tiger Woods will try to pass Jack Nicklaus for career PGA Tour titles Sunday at AT&T National
Tiger Woods is still five majors away from beating Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major championships, but Woods could pass the Golden Bear for career PGA Tour wins with a victory Sunday at the AT&T National, a tournament Woods hosts.
Woods fired a four-under 67 Saturday in sweltering temperatures at Congressional to finish one shot behind Brendon de Jonge, a Virginia Tech graduate from Zimbabwe who is still looking for his first win on the PGA Tour.
Starting the day five shots off the lead, Woods climbed into contention with four birdies in the first 10 holes, including a holed pitch shot from the back of the green at the par-5 sixth hole. The shot was similar to the one Woods holed last month at Nicklaus's tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Woods went on to win the Memorial for his second victory of the season, and it tied him with Nicklaus for second on the all-time PGA Tour wins list with 73. Sam Snead holds the record for the most wins at 82.
On the last eight holes, Woods made eight pars to get to six under for the tournament.
It was a miracle any golf was played at Congressional on Saturday. The start of play was delayed six hours after a wind storm called a derecho (duh-RAY'-choh) produced 80 mile-per-hour winds on Friday night in the Washington area, uprooting dozens of trees, knocking out power and damaging hospitality tents.
"It was amazing that we even got it in," Woods said. "The staff, maintenance crew, all the volunteers, picking up twigs and getting everything cleared out so we could actually give it a go today was an amazing effort."
Workers spent all morning cutting up large tree trunks and removing limbs scattered across the golf course, while PGA Tour officials made a rare decision to forbid volunteers and spectators from attending the third round due to safety concerns.
"It's too dangerous out here," said Mark Russell, the PGA Tour's vice president of rules and competition, on Saturday morning. "There's a lot of hanging limbs. There's a lot of debris. It's like a tornado came through here. It's just not safe."
Fans will be allowed back on Sunday, and those who had tickets on Saturday can attend the final round. They'll likely all be trying to get a glimpse of Woods as he tries to make history once again.
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